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An abscess is a pocket of infection that contains pus. These infected areas are surrounded by a membrane, so they are similar to a thick walled balloon filled with fluid. Abscesses may be small or large, single or multiple. An abscess in the skin feels hot, looks red and swollen, and is usually painful. Abscess often result from puncture wounds, scratches or bites. sometimes the skin surgace seals quickly, trapping bacteria below the skin surface. These bacteria produce the abscess.
Abscesses may require both surgical and medical treatment, depending on their size, location, stage of development, and effect on the animal.
IMPORTANT POINTS IN TREATMENT
Medication must be given as directed and for the entire length of time prescribed.
NOTIFY THE HOSPITAL IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OCCUR: